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SNL “Tiny Hat” Thievery Denuded by OTM

Much head-scratching has occurred over s the alleged plagiarism of the “Tiny Hats” sketch originated by Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and recently echoed on Saturday Night Live. According to On The Media, the big brain beneath the tiny hats, Tim Heidecker, can’t sue since “comedy is a world where copyright law barely […]

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Culture

Fail: The San Francisco Chronicle attempts relevance

Oi, newspapers. Was reading the New York Times on the wife’s ipad wherein David Carr offered his advice to an ailing Newsweek about how to improve itself in the digital era. Later, while at a cafe, Carr’s observations were still percolating and I thought it quaint to purchase and read an actual, printed newspaper ? […]

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Changes at KSRO beg the question: who killed the radio star?

Radio is for the ruthless. At least that’s how it seems when rewatching Empire of the Air, a documentary by Ken Burns (who else?), currently being reprised on PBS stations on the eve of its 20th anniversary. The film recounts the bitter patent battle between radio pioneers Edwin Armstrong, inventor of frequency modulation (better known […]

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To Xfinity and Beyond

The Brand Name Game Xfinity, the result of Comcast’s multimillion dollar rebranding effort, has raised eyebrows among critics since its unveiling in February, surely in part because the new name reads as if the cable and internet behemoth is now peddling “infinite porn.” Though this may help the ratings of its recent acquisition of a […]